SpaceX Just Landed A Rocket On A Tiny Barge In The Middle Of The Ocean
This is the first time SpaceX has managed to safely land a rocket on a barge, and it's a big step forward for the company's reusable rocket plans.By Matt Picht | April 8, 2016
That cheering is the sound of progress. SpaceX has successfully landed a Falcon 9 on the ground before, but landing in the middle of the ocean on a tiny floating barge is a much trickier achievement.
If SpaceX can consistently replicate this success, it will be much easier to reuse a rocket for multiple missions. An ocean landing costs much less in terms of fuel and offers much more flexibility than guiding a rocket back to a specific landing site on the ground.